SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

The 80/20 Rule in Safety – a Few People, a Lot of Incidents

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

You’ve probably heard of the "80/20 Rule" many times before, or at the very least, you’re familiar with the concept. The 80/20 Rule refers to Pareto’s Principle, or Pareto’s Law. This is basically the observation that about 80% of outcomes or results are attributable to about 20% of inputs or activities.

It's named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who developed a theory and formula which described that that twenty percent of the people in Italy owned eighty percent of the wealth. Following this, Dr. Joseph M. Juran attributed the 80/20 Rule to Pareto in the 1940’s and called it Pareto's Principle. It has since been applied to many fields of study, including economics, business, science, and sports.

Perhaps you have experienced this in different areas of your work or personal life, where a few things, or people, lead to the majority of outcomes (whether positive or negative). For example, have you ever felt like:


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4 Ways Your SafetyDNA Impacts Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs) Risk

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Serious injuries and fatalities, commonly referred to as SIFs, are the types of incidents that can cause the most harm. SIF incidents commonly lead to life-altering injuries, loss of life, and catastrophic events with multiple deaths. It’s no wonder that safety professionals and researchers have been increasing their focus on how to identify events that lead to SIFs, and how to prevent these events from occurring.

Research over the past decade has looked at various types of precursors, and systematic processes that can help prevent SIFs proactively. Experts typically recommend identifying SIF precursors, heightened education of SIFs, using root cause analysis and implementing various controls. However, research on SIFs is still an emerging field, and there is still much we do not know about the exact types of factors or events that contribute to these events.


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How Safe Would You Be In The Zombie Apocalypse?

Posted by  David Juristy


Today, we're diving into Part 4 of our series about SafetyDNA profiles. Click here to read Part 1 , Part 2, and Part 3.

Who doesn’t like The Walking Dead?  Zombies, end of days, action, adventure - The Walking Dead has it all; and If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead you probably have a favorite character.  Like most loyal fans you probably fall into one of two camps, Rick or Daryl.  When season 7 premiered (Spoiler Alerts!) in mid-October people were concerned that Daryl might be at the business end of Negan’s bat Lucille, but after the first 30 minutes of the premiere those folks could breathe a huge sigh of relief.  Daryl lives to fight another day. 

What is it that makes Daryl so loved by fans?  For me it’s his unpredictability, you never quite know what Daryl is going to do, he is a true Adventurer and so far things have worked out for him…at least for the most part.

When applying the S.A.F.E. model to Daryl it’s easy to see he fits the Adventurer profile.  Let's take a look at each factor and you’ll see why.


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What Is the Johari Window and How Can It Help Improve Your Personal Safety?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

When a friend or a co-worker tells you that you act a certain way, how often do you agree with them? How well do you know your behavior relative to how other people see you? If you are like most people, there are lots of things people can say about you that you admit are true.

But let’s face it - some of us have better self-awareness than others. I bet that right now, you can easily think of someone you know who has no clue that they act a certain way (e.g., forgetful, picky, loud) even though everybody else around them seems to know it. We often refer to these as “blind spots”. These are the things about ourselves that others can see, but we do not.


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2 Major Reasons Why Your Company Isn't Improving Its Safety Performance

Posted by  David Juristy

Albert Einstein famously said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” So, why is it that so many companies conduct the same safety training year after year, yet see very little difference when it comes to improving their safety performance? I know that’s not always the case. However, when you consider the amount of time, money, and effort spent on reducing incidents and injury rates, one would expect to see better results.

There are two main reasons we fail to see the type of improvement we desire:


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Measuring Safety in the Hiring Process: Questions and Answers

Posted by  Megan Why

Last week, we held a great safety webinar about how you can measure safety risk in your hiring process. Our Safety Practice Manager, Dr. Tristan and Brian Dishman, a senior consultant, discussed how to determine whether a potential hire would be safe on the job or not. Wouldn’t you want to know if someone has the potential to be a safety risk, before hiring that person?

The webinar ended with a great Q&A session, but we ran out of time before we could answer all of the questions! We decided to answer the remaining questions in this week’s blog post.

By the way, if you haven’t watched the webinar yet, you should! Click here to access a recording of it and learn how to measure safety risk in your hiring process.

Read on for the questions and answers…


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Why Is One Company Paying $213,000 a Day for a Basic Safety Violation?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Could your company currently afford to pay over $213,000 in fines per DAY, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair costs, for a basic safety violation? Well, that’s exactly what is happening right now to Joseph B. Fay Co., a contractor based near Pittsburgh, PA. For those of us who live and work here in the greater Pittsburgh area (our hometown here at Select International), this story is very relevant to us because we are still living with the effects of having a major bridge out of service.

On Friday, September 2nd, the Liberty Bridge, which crosses the Monongahela River and provides a major connection for drivers between downtown and the South Hills, was shut down due to a dangerous fire that damaged a 30-foot long beam supporting the structure of the 90-year old bridge.


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Measuring Safety Risk in the Hiring Process: Research and Best Practices

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you are a safety professional, you probably realize the significant time, money, and resources that organizations invest in creating an injury-free workplace. We work with companies of all sizes, and nearly everyone tells us “Safety is our number one priority.” Yet when I ask them whether their company’s current hiring process specifically screens job candidates for safety risk, I often hear “no” or get blank stares.

So why do organizations invest so much effort into creating a safe workplace and then turn around and hire a job applicant who is a high safety risk, is unlikely to follow safety policies, and is likely to be injured (or injure a co-worker) soon after being hired? Why would an organization develop its leaders to create a strong safety culture, only to hire or promote a supervisor who will probably undermine safety and put his/her team at risk of injury just to meet productivity goals? It doesn’t make sense, yet many organizations do just that.


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What Dr. House's SafetyDNA Says About Him

Posted by  David Juristy

Today, we're diving into Part 3 of our series about SafetyDNA profiles. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2.

House M.D. fans, including myself, are still going through withdrawal after the show ended in 2012. House, the main character of this series, was a character who the viewers loved because of his risks and personality. House’s propensity for being right was what made him such an intriguing character. In his mind, the end always justified the means.

When I think of the Maverick safety profile, the first person that comes to mind was House. House truly embodies what it means to be a Maverick. Let’s take a look at how Dr. Gregory House stacks up when applying the S.A.F.E. model.


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3 Ways to Make Your Safety Moments More Personal

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Does your company do safety moments? If so, what do you consider to be an effective safety moment? It’s an interesting question, and one that I took a bit for granted until yesterday. Whether it’s at the start of a meeting, a shift, or a conference call, we’ve all likely taken part in some form of a safety moment, where someone briefly talks about a specific topic related to safety. I’ve heard people do safety moments in many different ways, with varying degrees of relevance to the actual work environment, but they all bring us back to the importance of safety in some way.

While it’s always good to focus on safety each day, I wonder how effective and impactful our typical safety moments are. Recently while conducting a safety leadership coaching session with a supervisor at a manufacturing plant, he mentioned that his team does daily safety moments. In our workshop earlier that day, we had discussed the importance of being people-focused and engaging employees on a personal level. After reflecting on that, he shared with me that although his team does safety moments every day, they are hardly ever ‘personal.’ He and his team lead always cover a safety topic that is relevant to the work they are doing that day and the associated hazards. As I listened to some of his examples, I heard all of the typical things that I would expect:


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